Swoop into Kindergarten

life in kindergarten at Laguna Blanca

Friday Fun Recap

Fridays have been filled with fun dinosaur activities! Last week students used muslin fabric and fabric markers to draw a dinosaur. Some students chose to draw the dinosaur that they are studying. This was the first step in creating a dinosaur stuffy. Look how cute these are!

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So this week, students finished their stuffies, choosing a coordinating backing fabric, sewing it, and adding stuffing. Adorable!

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The children have been busy in the kitchen. Last week they made dinosaur pizzas. You should be proud of how many of your children eat olives and green bell peppers!! This recipe is a fast and easy dinner idea. Even more fun is that it is from a book called, of course, Dinosaur Pizza. Students enjoyed cutting the veggies and sprinkling the cheese.

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This week, students became paleontologists, digging up fossils. Armed with goggles and mini excavation tools, students were charged with digging out as many chocolate chips as possible from their cookie.

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Long Vowel Videos

Here are some great resources for reminding your child the rules of long vowels.

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Graphing

Today students learned about graphing. First, they participated in a whole-group graphing activity. I surveyed students for information regarding the pets they have at home. Next, we created a bar graph. (The girl represents no pets.) Here are our results:

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Below are the questions that the students answered.

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To reinforce the concept of graphing, I read a great book aloud. The Best Vacation Ever tells the story of a busy family who needs a vacation.

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Sound familiar?! The narrator gathers data and creates graphs which show just where the best vacation will be for her family. Be sure to ask your child about the girl’s results….

Next, I wanted to give students the opportunity to put their learning to work….they each received a blank bar graph with the title “Which of these do you like best?” The activities included music, art, p.e., or library. Take a peek at how things unfolded…

So much excitement! The results were exciting…their favorite activity is….

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Art!

Looking for more opportunities to practice graphing at home? Your child with have a chance to graph as a homework activity this weekend.

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Friday Fun with Dinosaurs!

The next six weeks, Friday Fun will be all about dinosaurs! These are some of my favorite activities to plan. Today, students made sparkly dinosaur necklaces….glitter makes EVERYTHING look better, right?! The students loved painting on the modge podge and sprinkling (or really dumping) the glitter over their terrible lizards!

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Paying attention to detail!

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In the kitchen, students made a healthy snack.

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How cute are these dinosaurs?

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But here’s my favorite….

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We couldn’t convince everyone to follow the recipe 🙂

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Writing

The kindergartners writing has exploded! Upon their return from Winter Break, I asked students to write about what they did over break. I gave them paper that had smaller lines and an editing checklist on the bottom.

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Many children wrote three sentences or more! I conferenced with each student, and we went through the check list together, encouraging students to write using a capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, write using spaces between words, spell the Heart Words correctly, and use ending punctuation. I decided to offer the students the challenge of using this new paper in their journals this month. They were thrilled.

Students were given an opportunity to practice creative writing as well. The had to imagine what they would do if they woke up one morning and there was a dinosaur in their backyard.

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It is such an exciting time of year!

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The Great Dinosaur Disaster!

Busted.  I got busted. I got caught.

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The dinosaur hatched…

Notice anything?

The students sure did!

Think back to the post about the clues I gave for what would be in the egg…

http://mdelwiche.edublogs.org/2016/01/04/special-delivery-2/

Long tail, sharp teeth, sharp claws…

Well, what hatched was actually an HERBIVORE, so it technically doesn’t have sharp claws or sharp teeth…

I had to fess up….and (ironically) show some integrity.  I told the students that teachers sometimes tell a stories to get their students excited about an upcoming unit….like actors who portray a role in a movie. I admitted that I had ordered the egg from a toy store….and the package didn’t say what type of dinosaur would actually hatch….I had just assumed it would be a T-Rex or a different carnivore….sigh.

We had a good laugh and all is forgiven. 🙂  I’ll chalk this up to a teachable moment…

A plea to toy makers…..please label the eggs!!

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Integrity

Do what is honest. Do what is right. Integrity.

During Morning Meeting, students were asked, “As you are walking back from Mrs. McDavid’s office, you find a five dollar bill.  What do you do?”

“Leave it there!”

“Put it in your pocket!”

“Look around and see if it belongs to anyone!”

“Bring it to Mrs. McDavid!”

We watched a quick video to encourage the students to think more about this scenario.

After more discussion, the students agreed that giving back the money would best show integrity. Next, I read the book Little Crocs Purse.

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After reading the story, Ms. Atkinson asked some thoughtful questions, relating integrity to situations that don’t involve money. Students then demonstrated their understanding of this character trait in their Swooper Citizens journals.

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Special Delivery!

And I thought Christmas was over!!  This afternoon while we were brainstorming ideas for how to improve Choice Time, a package arrived in the classroom. Students noticed that the package:

1.  was from Amazon

2. said “Add H2O” on the side.

I carefully opened the box and here is what was inside:

An egg!! What kind of egg is it? We started by describing what we saw….the egg is a light purple and speckled. I asked students what they thought might be inside. Their ideas ranged from an ostrich to a snake…maybe even a class pet!

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Next I offered the students three clues about what is inside. With each clue, students had the chance to change their idea.

The clues for what is inside the egg include:

1. long tail

2. sharp teeth

3. sharp claws

Here is how students recorded the information:

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We are not exactly sure when the egg with hatch, but my hunch is that it will be sometime tomorrow. Stay tuned to see what it is!

(And not to worry, we continued the Choice Time discussion right after this activity!)

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